KATHMANDU, DEC 26 - Rights activists on Wednesday demanded a stern action against those involved in “looting and raping” Sita Rai (name changed). They came down heavily on the government for delay in acting on the report prepared by the probe committee. “The report should be made public without any delay and the accused should be brought to justice,” said rights activist Mandira Sharma speaking at an interaction organised by the National Women Commission.
She stressed the need for a mechanism to monitor the case as it is against government officials. “We cannot be assured of justice unless the investigation is carried out in a transparent way,” she said. A case has been filed against three immigration officials and a police constable on the charge of robbery and rape. Police constable Parsuram Basnet and senior non-gazetted officer Somnath Khanal are in police custody, while section officers Ram Prasad Koirala and Tika Pokharel are absconding. NWC member Mohana Ansari said top immigration officials cannot remained mute over this incident. “Media reports have indicted high officials, including the director general of the department,” she said, “Nobody should walk scot free even after committing such a horrendous crime.”
The participants asked the NWC to take the lead in the case until justice is delivered. It has been learnt that Koirala belongs to the Nepali Congress affiliated Civil Employees’ Union. At the function, NWC Chairperson Shekh Chandtara assured that the commission would take up the case. (PR)
Posted on: 2012-12-27 08:22